What does CCR stand for?
In a world rife with acronyms, CCR stands for Coordinated Community Response. (I had a hard time not hearing the driving beat of Credence Clearwater Revival when I first got involved.)
Response to what?
Domestic violence and sexual assault.
Whose response is being coordinated?
There are dozens of CCR partner agencies and organizations, some whose sole mission is serving people who are dealing with issues involving domestic violence and sexual assault. Other CCR partners work in fields in which people they serve are dealing with these difficult issues.
Door County’s CCR team is made up of folks from the Door County Sheriff’s Department and Sturgeon Bay Police, both judges, the district attorney, court support staff, Door County Health and Human Service folks in Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services, ADRC staff (that’s the Aging and Disability Resource Center, also known as the Senior Center), and health-care professionals who work in mental health, probation and parole, and education.
When you consider whose life is changed when domestic violence or sexual assault takes place, you quickly realize that it’s not just the person who was attacked who may have contact with one or more of these organizations – it’s also family members, neighbors, classmates, work colleagues and friends.
Each CCR partner organization has an internal culture of continuing education and places collaboration high among its priorities. We get to know each other better, gain perspective from each other and elevate our skills. We all know that the more we understand about how each of us interacts with survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, the better we can serve them.
How often do you meet, and what happens at your meetings?
CCR meets quarterly at the Door County Justice Center, 12-1 pm. We invite a speaker or presenter to address us for about 40 minutes, which allows time to share announcements and updates from our respective agencies. Upcoming meeting dates are Feb. 11, May 12, Aug. 18 and Nov. 10.
In between our regular quarterly meetings, we schedule several longer trainings. All CCR partners attend trainings elsewhere, so we have the benefit of their knowledge of emerging trends and outstanding presenters. We spread that knowledge as well.
What else should people know about CCR?
We’re very proud to have been selected to benefit from a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women. A core group of CCR members received intensive training in elder abuse and will be conducting a series of daylong sessions in 2020 – first with every member of law enforcement, then with service providers.
This article is brought to you in part by the Door County Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Teams and the Door County Elder and Adult-at-Risk Interdisciplinary Team.